2014 CSA Finalists

It’s my pleasure to announce this year’s Clive Staples Award finalists. Based on the reader’s survey, and listed in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name (with links to the CSA introductions), the top three books of Christian speculative fiction, published in 2013 by a royalty-paying house, are2014 CSA finalist covers

* A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
* Truth Runner by Jerel Law
* Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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CSA Finalist Voting Begins Today

CliveStaplesAward_2014_SmallAfter an unintended “dry run,” the Clive Staples Award finalist voting begins today.

Our original voting survey contained a flaw–not all votes were counted–which we only detected when various voters gave concerned feedback. After checking into the matter, we discovered the problem and determined that the only fair way to conduct the vote was to begin again. Consequently, until now, NO ONE has yet voted in the 2014 CSA finalist voting.

We are starting anew. The rules remain the same:

* You MUST have read AT LEAST TWO of the nominations.
* You may vote ONLY ONCE.
* You may vote for AS MANY AS THREE books you wish to see as finalists.
* Voting ends midnight Pacific time, March 31, 2014.

And now, the new 2014 voting survey:

Please help us reach voters to let them know we have started anew.

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CSA Voting Halted

CSA voting re-do announcement

As a result of a number of questions about the CSA voting survey, we’ve halted the voting. It’s apparent there was a glitch in the survey and not all votes have been counted. Rather than continue with the corrected form, the most fair option seems to be to start the voting over.

We’ll count on you to get the word out that the re-vote starts on Monday.

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Voting For The 2014 CSA Finalists

Due to a survey glitch, CSA voting has been halted and will begin anew March 24.

Voting begins

It is time to vote for the 2014 CSA finalists.

We’ve made a major change this year because the 2014 CSA winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Consequently, readers are voting for the finalists from which the judges will choose. Therefore, rather than voting for one winner, you may vote for as many as three finalists.

Please follow these basic rules.

* You MUST have read AT LEAST TWO of the nominations.
* You may vote ONLY ONCE.
* You may vote for AS MANY AS THREE books you wish to see as finalists.
* Voting ends midnight Pacific time, March 25, 2014.

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Introducing Captives

Captives by Jill Williamson

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Genre
Young adult dystopian fantasy

Description
The Safe Lands series (Book 1)

In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

What others are saying
“A dystopian look at a future America post-pandemic, the book has a lot going for it — interesting characters, fascinating setting, and a disturbing plot that feels both improbable and very possible all at once.” -B. Burnham, Amazon review

“Williamson is a master story-teller. Her characters grab you and pull you in – you don’t read about what happens to them, you experience it with them. There are lots of characters, but each so uniquely crafted that it’s never confusing. Her post-apocalyptic society is disturbing, but hopeful.” -Karin Beery

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Introducing Merlin’s Shadow

Merlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard

merlin's shadowGenre: YA Epic Fantasy

Description

Betrayal.

Book Two of The Merlin Spiral

After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.

But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.

What others are saying

“The travails of Merlin continue in this second book in the Merlin Spiral series. Having driven the sword into the Druid Stone, Merlin, Natalanya, and their small band must now protect Arthur, the heir to the throne. However, Merlin’s younger half-sister, Ganieda, is set on destroying both Merlin and Arthur. Merlin’s hope for continued success often wanes, but he is buoyed by his friends and followers. Readers who follow high-fantasy Arthurian legends (and have read Merlin’s Blade, 2013) will immediately become immersed in this sequel, but undertaking this dense tome as a stand-alone requires thoughtful concentration. Grades 7-10.”—J. B. Petty, Booklist

“The book’s main strength is its vividly drawn setting and atmosphere. The weather conditions, geography and physical discomfort the characters experience are brought to life on every page. (A scene involving an escape from a cockroach-filled dungeon is definitely not for the squeamish.) The characters, at least the main ones, are portrayed as real people, as opposed to stereotypical storybook heroes and heroine. They sometimes lose faith, even cry and stumble, but always get back up on their feet (even, as in the case of one, after falling into a corpse pit). The author also does everything to ensure that you can read this book without needing to read its predecessor: including a pronunciation guide, glossary of all characters, and as mentioned a brief “The story so far,” as a preface. Overall, it’s an engrossing read and an original take on a legend.”—E.M. Bristol, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

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Introducing Merlin’s Blade

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard

Merlin's BladeGenre: YA Fantasy

Description
Merlin’s Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest Strength

Book One of The Merlin Spiral

When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow—a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith’s son named Merlin. As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role God ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, armed only by a sword he’s named Excalibur, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil … without losing his life?

What others are saying
“In fifth-century Britain, during King Uther’s reign, the druids attempt to rise once again and overpower their Christian monarch. A strange and deadly meteorite, able to bewitch anyone who gazes upon it, becomes central to the druid leader’s plots. Only the mostly blind swordsmith’s son, Merlin, is able to gaze upon the stone and hold off its dangerous powers. Only he can see with a clear head the deception and plotting surrounding the High King’s visit to his small village. It is through Merlin’s actions that perhaps Uther’s family, including the young future King Arthur, can survive the pagan usurpers’ designs on the crown. Treskillard crafts a new and unique prequel to the King Arthur legend, one that is rich in atmosphere and detail. Fantasy readers will find themselves beguiled by the young Merlin’s story…Though somewhat lengthy, the blending of history and religious mythologies makes this the start of an interesting perspective on Arthurian legends.” -Book Verdict / School Library Journal

“A sweeping, deeply detailed fantasy that re-imagines the adventures of Arthurian legend … The author skillfully crafts intense action scenes and vivid settings.” -Publishers Weekly

“Treskillard tells a compelling story from various points of view and manages to hold all of his material together. Although he deviates from the standard Arthur/Merlin story, he brings in enough elements from the tradition to keep us grounded in the old mythology. Readers familiar with the Arthur/Merlin legends will recognize Uther, Vortigern, Igerna, Gorlas, the Lady of the Lake, and others. Treskillard also tells us a new story regarding the sword in the stone and works the red and white dragons into his tale. Reading Merlin’s Blade is like stepping into a familiar roller coaster at an amusement park that takes a whole new set of twists and turns. I can’t wait to see new twists Treskillard has in store for us in book two, Merlin’s Shadow.” -Jeff Chapman (via Goodreads)

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Introducing Dragonwitch

Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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Genre
Fairytale fantasy

Description
Tales of Goldstone Wood series (Book 5)

Submissive to her father’s will, Lady Leta of Aiven travels far to meet a prospective husband she neither knows nor loves–Lord Alistair, future king of the North Country.

But within the walls of Gaheris Castle, all is not right. Vicious night terrors plague Lord Alistair to the brink of insanity. Whispers rise from the family crypt. The reclusive castle Chronicler, Leta’s tutor and friend, possesses a secret so dangerous it could cost his life and topple the North Country into civil war.

And far away in a hidden kingdom, a fire burns atop the Temple of the Sacred Flame. Acolytes and priestesses serve their goddess to the limits of their lives and deaths. No one is safe while the Dragonwitch searches for the sword that slew her twice. . .and for the one person who can wield it.

What others are saying
“If you are looking for a new fantasy series, look no further. “Dragonwitch” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is book 5 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, and is probably one of the most interesting Christian fantasy books I have read. There is much depth to it.” -Ashley Osborn at Loving Mommahood

“I loved the characters in this book, almost more than the other books in this series. (Alistair, Imraldera, Eanrin and Mouse, were my favorites). Ever since reading about the Dragonwitch in Moonblood (and later Starflower) I wanted to know her story in toto. Dragonwitch answered all my questions – artfully. Eanrin, whose wit I though had surely reached a max, was better than ever.” -Bree at God’s Little Designer

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Introducing The Sinners’ Garden

The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls

Sinners Garden coverGenre: Contemporary supernatural

Description

In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden …

 

Andy Kemp’s young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.

As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy’s pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.

Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.

As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.

Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.

What others are saying

“A story of hope, humor, forgiveness, and deep restoration…”—James L. Rubart

“This story, with a strong dose of inspiration, will certainly affirm your faith and touch your heart from the prologue, which sets the stage, to the conclusion. Sinners’ Garden is filled with rich and complex characters that are brought to life through the author’s skillful writing – he certainly spins a tale of emotions. There is also an added element of mystery, with a crescendo of suspense, as startling revelations unfold. And – a powerful and soul- stirring ending! 5 stars.”—WRB, Amazon reviewer

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Introducing Nightriders

cover_nightridersGenre
Fantasy Western

Description

Ghost riders, bird men, and justice in the killin’ fields.

Mack Cavanaugh claims to be a Nightrider, one of a band of infamous Texas outlaws from the late 1800s. Except he says they wasn’t outlaws, just men tryin’ to make things right in the unjust fields of Texas—the killin’ fields.

So begins a tale of the last years of the Texas Wild West – of oncoming civilization in all its savagery, a last ride by five vigilantes in the name of God, and a final confrontation with an evil unbounded by time or place.

What others are saying

It’s an intense book that pulls few punches. This isn’t the romanticized “singing cowboy” west, but one where injustice, racism, (often shocking) and crime exists openly. There’s a lot of regret at what a nation supposedly founded on the ideas of Christ has done. But the heart of the book is a great action-adventure between charismatic, even mythic vigilantes trying to serve God and save lives, and brutal enemies both human and non who want to snuff them for their own reasons.

This is a Hinterlands book, so expect adult-level violence and themes. It definitely keeps up to the standards of his earlier works, and begs for some type of visual adaptation, be it comic or movie.

D.M. Dutcher at SpecFaith

While there is plenty of pulse pounding action, including a rousing gun fight aboard a speeding train, the real action here is that of one man seeking to understand the human condition. If stories that allow a character to explore the darker side of his own nature make you uncomfortable, this one might be offsetting. But if you are brave enough to join Mac as he looks through an alien kaleidoscope to see what lies imbedded in the best of men, that act will offer some startling revelations.

Tim George at Amazon.com

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Introducing Sandstorm

Sandstorm by Steve Rzasa

Sandstorm-Front-Cover-SmallerGenre
science fiction

Description
It’s been four months since the city-state of Perch turned away the invading army of its southern rival, Trestleway, and sent the dark forces of the Cythraul packing.

Thanks in no small part, everyone reckons, to Winchell Sark and his brother, Copernicus.

Word reaches Winch that an old friend is in dire need. Seems he’s come across a long-lost artifact deep in the Golden Desert that folk say can tear apart the veil separating this world from the one beyond the shadows.

But it’s not only Winch and company seeking this relic. There’s a new threat gathering, one that will stop at nothing to conquer the desert sands—and unleash the Cythraul on an unsuspecting world.

What others are saying
“The Sark brothers are back in a rip-roaring tale of archaeology and adventure. Winch is contacted by an old school chum who needs his help to find a powerful artifact in a distant desert kingdom. The request leads the brothers into a heart-stopping adventure in a great continuation of this steampunk series.” -John Otte (via Goodreads)

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Introducing Memory’s Door

Memory’s Door by James Rubart

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Genre
Adult supernatural fantasy

Description
A Well Spring Novel (Book 2)

The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins.

With a victory against the Evil One under their belts, the four of the Prophecy have managed to bring even greater adversity their way. In Soul’s Gate, Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus—the four of the Prophecy—were set free from some of their deepest wounds.

The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.

But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.

And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.

What people are saying
“This book makes you think, makes you examine what “rules” you follow, the spirit of why you do things–it’s just amazing. I absolutely love that Rubart does not shy away from quoting from the Word . . . this book is fast-paced and just plain awesome!” -Ronie Kendig at Goodreads

“Rubart’s brilliantly woven plot depicts how devious and calculating demonic powers are, as well as how easily a seemingly strong believer can be deluded by their wiles and how those enemies feed off the regrets and baggage within a believer’s mind and soul. I pondered this one for days after finishing it, and eagerly anticipate the series conclusion. Don’t miss this important book and series!” -Mocha with Linda

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Introducing Failstate: Legends

Failstate: Legends by John W. Otte

Failstate^LegendsGenre
young adult speculative fiction

Description
A young superhero.
A legend reborn.
And a whole mess of zombies.
Failstate (a.k.a., Robin Laughlin) thought his life would get easier after he’d earned his superhero license. But now a legendary superhero has returned from the dead…along with a horde of shambling horrors who want to eat his brains.New Chayton’s other licensed heroes are indisposed, meaning that the whole weight of protecting the city has fallen on Failstate. And nobody thinks he’s up to the challenge. At least he has help from his older brother, Gauntlet, and his best friend, Veritas. Or does he?As if the zombie apocalypse weren’t enough, complicating things are not one but two beautiful girls vying for Failstate/Robin’s affections—and his own powers are doing something…interesting.In the superhero business, interesting is bad.Legends walk the streets of New Chayton. If Failstate can somehow survive the next few weeks, he could become one of them.

What others are saying
“Failstate: Legends” is the kind of novel that makes me love reading young adult. The short chapters and the almost constant action kept me turning the pages. I’d often tell myself, “OK, two more chapters,” only to keep reading much longer than I planned. Though “Failstate: Legends” is a sequel, it could certainly be read on its own. The characters are interesting and the novel is well-plotted throughout. For anyone into superhero stories, this one is a must-read.” -Nathan (via Amazon)

“Just when I thought the story couldn’t get much better, well, guess what? It does! If I thought that Failstate was good, well, Legends blows it away. The story just gets bigger and better as our favorite unlikely hero trips from one misadventure to the next. The storyline of this book was even better than the last…I really hope that book three comes soon. I can’t wait to read it!” -Ember (via Christianbook.com)

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Introducing The Circle Girls

The Circle Girls: Once Upon a Witch by Anya Novikov

The Circle Girls CoverGenre: YA fantasy romance

Description

God will give you blood to drink…An ordinary teenager finds out what witch-hunting is all about—in her own everyday world.

When Deliverance “Delli” Willis, an ordinary, almost-sixteen-year-old, finds herself dreaming wild dreams, she’s amazed when some of the stuff appears during her classroom unit on the Salem Witch Trials: When a dream girl of 1692, who shares Deliverance’s name, finds herself entranced by a mysterious man in the woods, Delli finds a new neighbor walking through her family avocado grove. Eager to share the handsome newcomer with her circle of friends, she doesn’t realize the danger of someone unique entering the closed loop. Fingers point, jealousies surge, lies are cast, sides taken—and people are out for blood. It’s a modern-day witch-hunt that collides with 1692 in ways Delli never dreamed.

It will take lessons from her dreamscape and a stand against bullies to tighten Delli’s faith in our omnipresent God.

What others are saying

“Anya Novikov’s debut novel mixes religion, relationships and humor in a fast paced story of lies vs. truths, darkness vs. light. It keeps you on the edge of your seat right from the start and doesn’t let go.…My only concern is that some topics brought up by the teens, all related to relationships and sexuality, aren’t really family friendly so it might not fit younger readers.”—Samantha Coville, TWJ Magazine

“This is an interesting book very much fiction, with some facts from 1692 Salem written in.…The writing is done very well, the characters are well rounded with several secondary characters that you could also believe and the pulls back and forth between good and evil can definitely be believed, although fiction.…I felt that the way the characters portrayed their faith through the difficult times was very relevant for us today and always. I would recommend this book to all who have a strong faith and won’t get lost in the occult of times past.”— Cherie Kasper, Amazon review

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Introducing Amish Vampires in Space

cover_amishvampiresinspaceGenre
Science fiction

Description

Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.

The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.

But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive…or used to be.

Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.

What others are saying

With a title like that, I, personally, would have preferred campy humor. Puns, jokes, ridiculousness just for the fun of it, that sort of thing. Amish Vampires in Space has none of those. In spite of that, the book is still funny. The humor, in this case, is supplied solely by the reader. There were moments when I was caught up in the tale, stopped, blinked a few times and thought “This is crazy, and yet it works…”

As long as you accept some standard sci-fi conventions, there aren’t any plot holes that make the tale not believable. And for that, I think Kerry Nietz has firmly established himself as a mad genius.

Aaron DeMott at Amazon.com

I initially resisted this book because of the silly title. When I understood how it came about, I had to smile as I, too, had been caught up in the Amish frenzy in Christian fiction. Knowing the background, I understood and appreciated the challenge of writing a serious book based on a joke of a title. This solid and satisfying book is well crafted, with a credible setting, an intriguing secret, and characters who feel like family.

Vicky Hallenbeck at Amazon.com

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Introducing Luminary

Luminary by Krista McGee

luminaryGenre
young adult science fiction dystopia

Description
Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?

After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.

When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.

Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?

The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.

What others are saying
“McGee once again blends a Christian message within a horrific science fiction plot . . . death, torture, and confusing love triangles.” —Booklist

“McGee blends the determination of faith, the malevolence of those who extol power over decency, and the assertion of individual integrity in a humane glimpse at youthful courage.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Luminary is the CBA’s Hunger Games. If you like dystopian fiction with a love triangle in a post-apoctalyptic world, this book is for you.” —Nicole, via Goodreads

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Introducing Anomaly

Anomaly by Krista McGee

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Genre
Young adult dystopian science fantasy

Description
Anomaly Trilogy (Book 1)

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.

As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.

What others are saying
“The story is captivating, with unexpected plot twists that keep readers on their toes.” -School Library Journal

“This dystopian novel holds up well against books like Delirium and The Giver. It’s a quick read with an interesting plot that kept me turning the pages and wondering what was real and what was not. If you love dystopian novels, you should give this one a try.” -Jill Williamson at Goodreads

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Introducing The Constant Tower

The Constant Tower by Carole McDonnell

constant towerGenre: Fantasy

Description

Sickly fifteen year old Prince Psal, the son of the nature-blessed warrior-king Nahas, should have been named Crown Prince of all Wheel Clan lands. A priest-physician like his friend Ephan, Psal lacks a warrior’s heart, yet he desires to earn Nahas’s respect and become a clan chief. If he cannot do this, he must escape his clan altogether. But his love for Cassia, the daughter of his father’s enemy, and his own weaknesses work against him. When war comes, Psal defends Ktwala and her daughter Mahari, wronged by Nahas, and speaks out against the atrocities his clan commits, further jeopardizing his future. And now the mysterious towers that keep humans safe from the Creator’s ancient curse are rebelling. A prophecy exists—not that Psal believes such matters—of three great ones who will find the Constant Tower and break the power of the third moon. Could Psal, Ephan, and Mahari be those great ones? Psal must risk losing his father’s respect to find his destiny, and with his friends face the dangers of the unmaking night to find the Constant Tower and save all of humanity.

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“Carole McDonnell is a first-class world-builder. A unique, powerhouse epic, The Constant Towers is a treasure trove of great characters, compelling cultural details and political machinations, all lovingly detailed in evocative prose. Yay!”—Stefan Petrucha, author Dead Mann Walking

“I think this may be an important book. This certainly a well-written book, full of detail and observation and metaphor.…I had sympathy for four or five of the characters in this long book filled with thousands of people. I had empathy for absolutely none. I hated the evil society depicted and I disliked most of the characters. Their thinking was so orthogonal to mine that it hurt to try to understand the characters.…Part of what reading novels are supposed to do for us is help us understand how others think and gain more supple minds. I flunked this lesson.…my tribe also strongly believes that there are certain things you DO NOT talk about in public. I squirmed through the sex scenes.…you may be wondering why I gave this book five stars when there was so much in it I disliked. I gave it five stars because it is a great book.…It’s possible that if I would just admit that I’m as big a sinner as the sinners in this book, that the core of the book would crack open for me and the Constant Tower would welcome me and heal me.”—Lelia Rose Foreman, Amazon review

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Introducing Secrets Kept

Secrets Kept by J. L. Mbewe

Secrets KeptGenre
YA fantasy, romance

Description
With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.

Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.

What others are saying
“I was left breathless while reading this spellbinding story. The characters seeped into my heart, and I found myself enthralled by them. Their journey is not one for the faint of heart. It is one filled with raw emotion, individual transformation, and life-shattering revelations. I am eager to see where their trek leads to next.” -Elizabeth Olmedo at FictionAddict

“There is one thing in this book that is utterly excellent and unique. It’s not the characters, although I loved and understood all of them. It’s not the plot, although it kept me engaged the whole time. It’s the world-building. It is delicious. The world of Nalu has a whole mess of gods, species, and cultures. Each is thorough, well-crafted, and very believable fantasy, and that makes me happy. Even the subtle differences in names, appearances, and customs came across as refined and thoughtful.” -Allison (via Goodreads)

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(ISBN: 0615891497)

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Introducing The Shadow Lamp

The Shadow Lamp by Stephen Lawhead

The-Shadow-Lamp-by-Stephen-R-Lawhead-Cover

Genre
Science fantasy

Description
Bright Empires series (Book 4)

The quest for answers—and ultimate survival—hinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spirit Well.

The search for the map of blue symbols began in a rainy alley in London but has since expanded through space and time and includes more seekers.

Kit, Mina, Gianni, Cass, Haven, and Giles have gathered in Mina’s 16th-century coffee house and are united in their determination to find a path back to the Spirit Well. Yet, with their shadow lamps destroyed and key pieces of the map still missing, the journey will be far more difficult than they imagine. And when one of their own disappears with Sir Henry’s cryptic Green Book, they no longer know who to trust.

At the same time, the Zetetic Society has uncovered a terrifying secret which, if proven, will rock the very foundations of Creation. The quest for answers is no longer limited to recovering an unknown treasure. The fate of the universe depends on unraveling the riddle of the Skin Map.

What others are saying
“The foray into a multi-dimensional universe and quantum mechanics is an area that most “Christian” writers do not tread. However, Lawhead engages this topic with thoughtful and insightful ideas. The story will spur deeper thought on the mysteries of the universe.” -James G. Olson, Amazon review

“Another fantastic entry in this series. I absolutely love how Lawhead weaves spiritual with science and discusses some really deep, scientific issues (which I’m fascinated with). But that isn’t to say the plot doesn’t move (it does!) and the characters engage (they do!)” – C. J. Darlington at Goodreads

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Request a copy at a local bookstore or ask your library to order a copy. (ISBN: 1595548076)

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